Carnegie Mellon University

Aharon Inspektor

Aharon Inspektor


* As Senior Scientist and Project Manager at Kennametal Inc. I lead the development of advanced surface technologies and new coatings for cutting tools and wear parts. Leading ad-hoc teams from technology, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and sales, we were responsible for the development and commercialization of the products, and to identify new business opportunities for Kennametal. 

Many products earned Kennametal awards including the 2004 KVBS Millennium Award for Technical Excellence, the 2009 Innovator of the Year and the 2012 KVBS Award for Product Development and Technical Excellence. Certain topics earned also NIST ATP Awards and other the Carnegie Science and Technology Awards for Diamond Technology (1997) and for PVD Nanolayer Technology (2007).

* Teaching and thesis advisor at the Materials Engineering and Science Department, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, including undergraduate courses (Thin Films) and graduate classes (Plasma Chemistry); 

Sabbatical year and Special Course on Plasma Chemistry and Advanced Deposition Processes at the Materials Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University.  

* Published over 70 technical papers, review articles, invited talks and patents in surface processing, in hard and superhard coatings, cutting tools, and in surface engineering.

* Active in professional organizations and conferences, in particular:

1998-2004: On the Executive Board and then the 2002-2003 chair of the Division of Advanced Surface Engineering Division of the American Vacuum Society;

1990-Present: On the Executive Committee of the International Conference on Metallurgical Coating and Thin Films.

Served on the Editorial Boards for Surface and Coatings Technology (2001-2010), for Journal of Adhesion Science & Technology (1996-1999) and for Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Process (1988).

Guest Editor for a special issue on “Adhesion of Diamond and DLC Films” in JAST, 1995; and Co-Editor of the Proceedings of the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (2006-2008).

GOALS:  Promote dissemination of knowledge in surface engineering and networking to identify related trends and industrial applications.

Accordingly, led NIST ATP government projects at Kennametal and collaborated extensively with academic institutions and entrepreneurial organizations; Launched and chaired the San-Diego Quo-Vadis Expert Panel (2000-2008), a yearly discussion of emerging trends in Surface Technologies.

Special Interest: Hard and Superhard materials and coatings; Thin Film deposition by plasma-based CVD and PVD techniques; and Surface Engineering in Machining, Aerospace, and Automotive Industries.